A consortium of industry, government and academic partners are building a new £65m digital aviation research facility at Cranfield University.
The Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) will focus on emerging aerospace challenges such as the integration of drones into civilian airspace, embedding technology into airport infrastructure, and providing self-sensing capabilities for aircraft. The centre will receive £15.5m of funding from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), as well as from industry partners that include Thales, Raytheon, SAAB, Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited, Boeing UK and Aveillant.
Professor Sir Peter Gregson (profile), Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University:
“This is a fantastic example of business, academia and Government coming together to create world-leading research facilities. Together with the Aerospace Integration Research Centre and the University’s own airport, the construction of DARTeC will see Cranfield offering the leading aerospace and aviation research facilities in Europe.
According to Cranfield, the new facility will feature cutting-edge radar technologies to be tested on the university’s licensed airport, as well as a virtual air traffic control tower.